Occupy Wall Street Has Only Begun
We have planted new ideas in the political discussion from outside the incompetent and insular beltway. And these ideas aren’t going away.
The Year in Inequality: Lots of words, but will actions follow? | Al Jazeera America
Occupy Wall Street began more than two years ago with a bang as loud as a thousand bongo drums. It essentially vanished from the public eye a few months later when New York police cordoned off Zuccotti Park and forcibly removed its new occupants under the cover of night and a media blackout.
But despite its quick end two years ago, the conversation Occupy started is just beginning to gain traction in the United States.
OWS members may no longer be on street corners, but the movement’s vocabulary of economic injustice, previously common only on college campuses, has become more accessible to a wide variety of Americans.
This year, as the disparity between rich and poor continued to grow to levels not seen since 1928, the nation’s new consciousness about the economy allowed income inequality to take hold of the country’s conscience.
Indeed, 2013 was the year of thinking and talking about income inequality.